Within the framework of the practical illustration of the courses "Disturbed Natural Systems" & "Ecology and Sustainable Development" for the benefit respectively of the 1st year students of the Master "Environmental Engineering and Water Management" and the 2nd year of the civil engineering cycle, a field trip was carried out on January 29 and 30, 2020.
The first day was devoted to the study of the Moulay Bousselham lagoon (Merja Zerga), a wetland essential for the balance of ecosystems.
The various components of the biodiversity of this lagoon were reviewed, commented on and analyzed, systematically referring to the lessons provided. The rest of the day was devoted to visiting the archaeological site of "Lexus", a city founded by the Phoenicians in the 12th century BC. J.C. and one of the oldest urban centers in the western Mediterranean. The Site Curator explained to the engineering students in civil engineering the techniques of construction, planning, design and use of the components of this ancient Phoenician city.
The second day was devoted to the visit of the Tangier Marina where the students were welcomed by the President of the SAPT (Société d'Aménagement du Port de Tanger-ville) who indicated that the port of Tanger-ville is one of large-scale projects helping to make the city of the Strait the destination of choice for pleasure tourism and cruising on an international scale and in the Mediterranean basin in particular. A presentation of "Tanja Marina Bay" by the Marketing and Strategic Intelligence Director of SAPT was held and followed by a visit to the "marine" museum, as well as the presentation of the program for the rehabilitation and enhancement of the walls. antique. The students were also able to visit the Marina reconversion site, a project that perfectly materializes the slogan “Returning the port to the city, uniting the port and the city”. Explanations were provided by the engineers responsible for carrying out the project and by the site divers. A fruitful student-engineer exchange then focused on the methodologies used in this reconversion. In the end, a visit to the operational part of the Marina marina took place, detailing the technical aspects of its on-shore and off-shore components presented by the Director of the port who also gave an overview of the history the works, the improvements carried out and the works in progress to return the marine domain to the Tangier population and to make this city an essential destination for yachting and cruise tourism in the Mediterranean basin. We would like to warmly thank all of our partners for the excellent reception, the time allocated, the precise explanations provided and the fruitful discussions with our students. See you soon for a next edition!